Daily World News Digest, 10 April 2017

Remains of 1,646 victims exhumed in Sinjar

Al Jazeera reports today that 31 mass graves have been discovered in the Iraqi town of Sinjar with the remains of 1,646 Yezidi victims of Da’esh.  Sinjar District Governor Mehma Halil confirmed that the remains have been exhumed and exhumations at several locations are still in progress. ‘’We’re still looking for at least 20 mass graves, for which we have some knowledge, but not the precise location” Halil concluded. http://bit.ly/2oWpOlb

Kurdish officials report executions near Mosul

The Rudaw news agency from Kurdistan in Iraq reported on 7 April that the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) announced on Friday that 140 civilians trying to flee Mosul were killed by Da’esh, with some of their bodies being hanged from electricity poles across the city. http://bit.ly/2oQFN4r

German courts and Syrian war crimes prosecutions

The BBC carried a story yesterday noting that the international criminal justice system has failed to end impunity for Syrian war criminals. The International Criminal Court has no authority to judge crimes committed in the war, since the government of President Bashar al-Assad has never acknowledged the court’s jurisdiction. Responsibility has therefore shifted to prosecutors and courts in third states. “They are the only ones who can help narrow the accountability gap in Syria and restore faith in international criminal justice,” the article says. Germany is well positioned to take action. Many of the Syrian refugees who have sought asylum in the country in recent years are victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Germany has at its disposal both the evidence and the legal tools to carry out investigations, it says.  http://wapo.st/2odVRvA

Enforced disappearances in Yemen

Arab News reports today that the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations, in its annual report, accuses Houthi militias of human rights violations in Yemen, including arbitrary arrests and the abduction of civilians throughout 2016. The report documents 5,092 cases of violations, of which 4,882 are arbitrary arrests and 210 are cases of forced disappearance. According to the statistics in the report, which monitored violations in all governorates of the Republic of Yemen, Sanaa governorate comes in the first place, with the number violations reaching 693 cases. Politicians were most vulnerable to arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances, it says. http://bit.ly/2pjMIQa

Mass graves in Mexico                                                   

On 7 April, Mexico News Daily reported that the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has published information on mass graves, based on a study of media reports between January 2007 and September 2016. It found that there were 1,143 mass graves containing 3,230 bodies in 30 states. The number of missing persons reports filed during the last 20 years, according to this study, was 57,861. Of these, 32,236 remain open. CNDH inspector Ismael Eslava Pérez warned of a structural problem in the institutional design and the performance of different government agencies, which prevents them from making the progress desired. http://bit.ly/2ooOkdR

Ukrainian prosecutor opens Crimea illegal-detention case

Interfax Ukraine reported on 7 April that the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has launched criminal proceedings in connection with the illegal detention of 60 people in the market in Simferopol in Russian-occupied Crimea. The Prosecutor said that on 6 April, in the Central Market in Simferopol, employees of occupation enforcement agencies illegally detained more than 60 people. http://bit.ly/2nwGa4e

Items in Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.